WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign's latest fund-raising gimmick is a gift registry--perfect, the campaign says, for weddings, anniversaries and bar or bat mitzvahs.
The Obama campaign has a very extensive, ever growing product line showcased in the Obama on-line store. The products--all with Obama logos or slogans--are not for sale----the items are premiums given in exchange for contributions.
The pitch for the registry from the Obama team: "Instead of another gift card you'll forget to use, ask your friends and family for something that will go a little further: a donation to Obama for America. Register your next celebration--whether it's a birthday, bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary--with the Obama campaign. It's a great way to show your support for a cause that's important to you on your big day."
Some comments under the BarackObama.com blog about the gift registry:
"Is this what the office of the President of the United States has come to? Pandering for wedding and birthday money?
"Yes, it has, but stay tuned -- he has quite a way to go before he hits bottom. Should be amusing.
"Funerals will be targeted next, a donation in lieu of flowers."